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Hello Everyone

We are currently evaluating Kerio Connect. We have about 70 users and 10 of those are mobile uses with mostly iPhones and a couple of BlackBerry phones. We are mostly interested in the push calendar, contacts and mail features. It appears this uses Active Sync so I'm guessing you setup your company email account on a mobile device like it was an exchange account?

Are there any caveats, gotcha's, extra's one needs or any other words of wisdom anyone could offer before we delve into this further? We have been running Magic WinMail and it has worked pretty well but like I was saying, the mobile services are what we are really after and Exchange Server is simply not in our budget.

Another question. Is it possible to use the push services ONLY along with a different email server package such as Magic WinMail

Thank you for any help!

Pat C.
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Well, we're a hosted provider and a reseller so we *might* be biased. Kerio is a pretty amazing package considering everything it does and all the clients that can interact with it. It's dead simple to install and configure and maintenance is non-existent if you scale your hardware properly. You would use Kerio Connect as your mailserver, so you wouldn't use the WinMail anymore for anything.

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On the Blackberry front, I would recommend to use Kerio Connect 7.1 (which is currently in Beta) that comes with a Blackberry Connector, so you can use BES Express for Exchange to sync your Blackberry smartphones.

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Test, test, test! And factor in Kerio's support.

We were happy with Kerio's mailserver until we upgraded from 6.7 to 7.1 about 4 months ago. We (& others) experienced serious performance problems with the upgrade & Kerio has done virtually nothing to address the problem. We're extremely dissatisfied with Kerio's support but we're holding on in the hopes they will fix this problem with the upcoming release.

Now this is just our personal experience with Kerio. Please investigate further & I'm sure you'll find many happy customers. We used to be & hope that we can be again.

But as a sys admin, you need a company that can address issues affecting such critical infrastructure like groupware. Kerio has been unable or unwilling to do so & their lack of support is something any potential customer should consider. It's another reason why you should strongly consider buying Kerio from a good reseller/VAR. I'm not suggesting you shouldn't buy Kerio because when it works it's terrific software.

I hope that helps & doesn't across too pissy.
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We've used Kerio for the last couple of years, replacing an old Pegasus mail and Mercury installation. Our Connect installation services about 50 users, 22 of them using either an iPhone or Android activesync connection. Overall I've been very happy with it. At the time I needed a package that took minimal administration, could run on our existing win2k server and was affordable.

Since then Zimbra has come along nicely and offers some really nice facilities, but you'll struggle to beat the simplicity of installation and management of Kerio Connect.

Fortunately we haven't experienced any of the problems Stewie talks about. My greatest frustration with Kerio as a company is their refusal to give us information about product development. There's no roadmap, no hints about new features, not even for beta testers.

Although it's better than some, I think Connect's webmail is now quite dated and lacks some essential features. But it's still very capable and usable. The Activesync support has been flawless for us, and the support of Caldav and Carddav is also good news.

The bottom line for us is that Kerio Connect has been very reliable, it's done everything we need and I've been able to leave it alone.

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We have been using Kerio for around 4 years now. Installation is a breeze. Administration is breeze. My two biggest complaints is the Outlook Connector seems to be flakey sometimes; and since the server stores the emails in flat folders as individual text files, sometimes operations involving a large number of emails (with the Outlook Connector) will take awhile to complete.

Operations with the web interface move at a good pace. You will want to have a good fast disk subsystem on the mail server, that seems to be the most intensive process.

It is a little dated, but here is a review on Kerio and some others.,2817,2353439,00.asp

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I look after 4 deployments of Kerio, the largest being approx 80 users. All the sites are remote to me but in the two years I have been using it I haven't had to visit the site once to fix issues.

It is simple to use, has a decent feature set and just does the job. I would also agree that the webmail whilst functional is starting to lag behind a little but I'm sure Kerio are aware of that an are doing something about it!

When I started with Kerio I ended up trialling for nearly 3 months, Kerio were happy to continue extending the trial which really helped with the decision.

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